Originally Posted by iamtheari
The RV-14 is tip-up-only. So I have to balance the risk of damaging the canopy skin by opening it with clecos in the top forward skin against the conundrum of spending money on panel components to install before putting the skin on.
On the -7 tipup, there can be an issue of the skin in front of the windshield area not matching up with the forward top skin if you wait to rivet the forward skin until after canopy work (for avionics work convenience, same as you). I tried to minimize the risk by buying a few dozen tiny flathead screws & nuts with heads the same diameter as a -3 rivet. I think they were metric, but it's been a long time. It took maybe 20 minutes to cleco the skin on everywhere except where the canopy would hit clecos, and screw it down along those rivet lines.
After finishing the canopy fitting, I could remove the forward skin to do 'systems' work in the forward fuselage.